Contrary to popular belief, many nurses utilize mathematics in their everyday lives. That is why it is a significant portion of the HESI A2 exam. If you are in need of assistance in your test preparation, contact Adkins Academy today! 

Math on The HESI A2 Exam

The use of math is a significant part of the healthcare field, which is why nursing students need to have a firm grasp on it. Thankfully, our professors here at Adkins Academy can help! The HESI A2 Math test is written to reflect the ever-evolving needs of the nursing field. The HESI A2 Mathematics Test consists of 50 mathematics questions covering several subsections. These subsections are: 

  • Basic Operations

  • Decimals

  • Fractions and Percentages

  • Proportions

  • Ratios

  • Rate and Military Time

  • Algebra

The HESI math questions test a student’s knowledge of basic mathematical concepts that they might encounter in their everyday lives. The math skills tested may have a correlation to health-related scenarios. This portion of the HESI A2 exam is 50 minutes long and consists of 50 questions. You will be able to use a computer calculator on the HESI A2 test. 

Expect questions to come in a variety of different formats such as equations, word problems, and statements that you will have to first decode, devise a plan of action for, and then answer. Topics in detail covered on the exam include: 

Word Questions

There are several word questions that are pretty basic with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.


There are basic conversions like liters to milliliters, ounces to cups, gallons to cups, kilograms to pounds, etc. 


You will need to understand fractions. This includes how to add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators and mixed numbers. If you can reduce fractions and find the common denominator, you will be fine with the HESI A2 fraction questions.

Roman Numerals

There will be a few questions asking you to identify a roman numeral as a number.


You must be able to find the value of X from a proportion and be able to make a proportion to find a percent. 

Oftentimes, determining what is being asked of you is the most difficult part of the question. That is why fully understanding the material is such an important part of your studies. Thankfully, the Adkins Academy is here to help. 

Beyond the material, you will learn strategies on how to unpack these difficult and often deliberately confusing questions, to avoid being misled. As a nursing school student and in your professional career, you will be faced with many difficult challenges and decisions that will require you to be able to think critically. Your nursing school wants to make sure you can “think on your feet quickly and accurately.” This is to ensure that all potential nurses are able to apply these concepts effectively as they relate to the nursing field in a fast-paced and often high-pressure environment.  

Why Choose Adkins Academy For Your HESI A2 Math Test Prep

HESI exam test prep with The Adkins Academy will challenge you to learn more than just memorizing the questions, equations, or formulas. Anyone can memorize formulas, get the edge! Adkins Academy will take you from “I don’t know” to “I understand”. Our sessions will dig into the hows and whys of each question to unpack each concept and formula and how they work. You are already learning the material, now learn how to apply your knowledge with help from The Adkins Academy HESI A2 Math class. After all, when you are a nurse, there won't be a cheat sheet.  

Our HESI A2 Test Prep course is designed to build an understanding of the concepts through thoroughly designed and practiced HESI practice questions. 

Our high yield, challenging questions are designed to provoke thought and reinforce the material. Learning proper strategies for how to decipher these questions and devising a plan to get your answer is half the battle. 

If You Don’t Pass The First Attempt

Here at Adkins Academy, we understand the stress that many students feel when taking an important test like the HESI. Sometimes, even the most well-prepared students can find themselves failing due to their nerves getting the better of them. That is why we offer a free retake of our HESI preparation course to those who want to take it a second time. We truly believe that all students have the potential to succeed.

Not only that, but the HESI Evolve site provides remediation feedback. Log in to your exam account to view this content. These could be of great use, especially when figuring out what topics to focus on during your studies. We also recommend looking back at your study guide and textbooks to reinforce areas that you missed, while also reading the exam information carefully to understand the retake policy. Make sure you remediate all test areas, not just the ones where you didn’t make the required score.

The Second Attempt

The entrance exams are not intended to be punitive in nature or to screen out applicants. The purpose is to ensure that students are armed for success. The expectation is that if you are struggling to meet minimum competencies, then it is an indication to invest the time in taking classes that will help bridge those gaps in knowledge.

HESI A2 Math Test Prep in Our Virtual Classroom

Our live HESI A2 Test Prep course will take place in the Adkins Academy Virtual Classroom. Here, you will be able to go over the material and any questions you have in detail with a professional instructor. Your professor will help you to develop strategies on how to approach difficult questions on the HESI A2 Exam.

These courses take place in real-time, allowing you to review and ask questions with a live instructor among other classmates. This allows you the unique privilege of having a collaborative space in the comfort of your own home, or anywhere with a stable internet connection. Interact with a small group, ask and answer questions, engage with your instructor as you see their whiteboard, all in real-time as you prepare for the math portion of your HESI A2 exam.  A competitive HESI A2 score is essential when applying to nursing schools. Our questions are designed to not only teach you the concepts but apply them in your career with real-world examples and scenarios you will face as a nurse. Get started working with our professional team of instructors as well as Dr. Adkins and position yourself to get a higher score on the math section of your HESI A2 exam. 


The Adkins Academy Question Bank

With our live online HESI Review course, you will go over 500 questions with Dr. Adkins directly in detail, all in real-time. To supplement your studies, you will also have a subscription to The Adkins Academy Question Bank granting you access to over 400 additional HESI A2 questions written and vetted by Dr. Adkins. These questions are designed to not only reinforce the material but to train you on how to approach questions similar to the ones you will see on test day.

Prepare for the HESI Math Portion Today!

Call Dr. Adkins today at 301-478-4663 to schedule your meeting. There we will discuss our programs, services, and academic enrichment methods to find the right program for you!